I finally finished listening to my first audible book – Atomic Habits by James Clear. I say “finally” because it took me longer than I expected. I spend around 1 hour each day commuting to-from work and to be more productive during this hour I decided to spend it listening to audiobooks. This audiobook is 5hrs 35mins long – I assumed with 1 hour everyday dedicated to listening to the book I’d be done in max 1.5 weeks but in actual it took me 3 weeks to complete listening to the book. I specifically chose this book to harness my ‘new year, new me’ enthusiasm into developing better habits. Since this was my first experience with audibles – it did take some getting used to in the first few days. I’d loose track of the book and have to rewind to catch up. Also, a lot of material that the book referred to had to be downloaded from James Clear’s website and that also contributed to my slow speed.
How was my experience?
The Pros –
- I finally figured out a productive way to spend my commute time. (Reading on my Kindle gives me a headache.) I’d usually spend the entire commute on Instagram, this has been a great way to use commute time effectively.
- It helped in relaxing my mind during the commute – so I could go home and use the time I’d usually spend on Youtube trying to relax – being productive.
- I find reading self-help books very boring – this made it easier to finish the book.
- Read multiple books at the same time – I usually find it hard to read 2 books at the same time and prefer concentrating on only one book. But since this isn’t ‘technically’ reading – I was able to go home and read a different book at night.
- I have observed how my listening skills have worsened over the past few years – listening to audio books is a great way to work on that skill!
The Cons –
- Since it was my first time listening to an audiobook, I found my thoughts often drifted away and I had to force myself to focus on the book.
- Since this was a self help book, the author often referenced to charts, journal ideas, examples etc. that had to be seen on his website. I found this quite annoying – to go to his website in every chapter to look for the material he was referencing. In those moments it also felt more like a class and the author a teacher.
- If you get a text or a mail or any notification that you check out – you end up losing track of the plotline. (This is my fault – I should be able to resist the temptation to check my notifications – but I’m only human! :()
Overall it was a tie between the pros and the cons for me. However, I think listening to a fiction book might be easier than a self help book – which is what I’m going to do next. I also love how I’m being more productive – so I’m definitely going to stick with listening to books on audibles during my commute time! But will it replace reading a book for me? Hell no!
Have you tried audibles or any audio book app? How has your experience been?
Pssst: Audibles is Amazon’s audio book service. If you’re a Prime member – you can avail a three month free subscription of audibles with 1 free book each month. Also a lot of books are available for free too. Check it out here.
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